span·​gle | \ ˈspaŋ-gəl How to pronounce spangle (audio) \

Definition of spangle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a small plate of shining metal or plastic used for ornamentation especially on clothing
2 : a small glittering object or particle


spangled; spangling\ ˈspaŋ-​g(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce spangle (audio) \

Definition of spangle (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to set or sprinkle with or as if with spangles

intransitive verb

: to glitter as if covered with spangles : sparkle

Examples of spangle in a Sentence

Noun showgirls dressed in costumes with gold spangles Verb in typical Las Vegas fashion, the showgirls' sequined costumes spangled gloriously
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Today, plastic trash spangles the river’s sandy banks. Paul Salopek, The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2019 Even office wear wasn’t immune: Glimmering spangles covered pencil skirts and blazers alike. Eliza Brooke, Vox, 9 Oct. 2018 Dressed in a dazzle of black spangles, Liza still oozes a star quality that can eclipse a sometimes hazy memory for lyrics and some fumbled lip-synching. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, 9 Apr. 2018 Somewhere in the South Pacific, there are women dressed in sequins, spangles and rhinestones, Katz said, as the audience erupted with applause and delight. Lynne Terry,, 28 Jan. 2018 Equally head turning were the washes of holographic pigment on the lids at Stella Jean and the spangles of tiny sequins tapped onto the nude pouts at Shrimps. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 11 Oct. 2017 The scrim of daytime sky gives way to a bright spangle of stars. Richard Conniff, Smithsonian, 29 Mar. 2017 The eruption will signal the moment two stars locked in a cosmic dance have merged, exploding into a red nova that will briefly give Cygnus an extra stellar spangle. Nadia Drake, National Geographic, 6 Jan. 2017 The scrim of daytime sky gives way to a bright spangle of stars. Richard Conniff, Smithsonian, 2 May 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In one of those fine cosmic coincidences that spangle throughout cultural history, the poet Hart Crane watched the legendary dancer Isadora Duncan perform in Cleveland one night in December 1922. Ian Beacock, The New Republic, 26 Oct. 2021 After dinner, the captain, crew, and willing passengers bring out guitars, fiddles, harmonicas, banjos — one boat even has a piano aboard – and sing and play until the stars spangle the night sky. Margie Goldsmith, Forbes, 24 May 2021 Brighten your door with this patriotic 16-inch wreath made of red, white and blue wood curls resembling rose buds spangled with stars. Kathy Passero, al, 15 May 2020 But that a couple of zealots displayed Confederate flags at this event involving as many as 4,000 people isn’t the first, second, or third thing to know about the protest, which can be more accurately described as lavishly star-spangled. Rich Lowry, National Review, 22 Apr. 2020 The Geminid meteor shower will spangle the sky the night before, and a special alignment of Jupiter and Saturn a week later will complete a rare space nerd trifecta. Aj Willingham, CNN, 28 Dec. 2019 Baby Mandy rocks a navy spangled square-necked velvet dress with spaghetti straps, teamed with a delicate metallic necklace. Teen Vogue, 19 Oct. 2019 Visitors flock to the farm to stroll boardwalks through native bushland and fields spangled with wildflowers, stopping at lookouts perched high above the Great Southern Ocean. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, 16 Oct. 2019 An Uzbek eatery offers fragrant meat dumplings along with a generous helping of post-Soviet kitsch in the form of glittering gold lamé tablecloths and spangled voile curtains. The Economist, 26 Sep. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of spangle


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1548, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for spangle


Middle English spangel, diminutive of spang shiny ornament, probably from Middle Dutch spange; akin to Old English spang buckle, Middle Dutch spannen to stretch

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span·​gle | \ ˈspaŋ-gəl How to pronounce spangle (audio) \

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